Ranked #464


Alternative Titles

English: Shiki
Synonyms: Corpse Demon
Japanese: 屍鬼


Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2010 to Dec 31, 2010
Premiered: Summer 2010
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Novel
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.051 (scored by 91,069 users)
Ranked: #4642
Popularity: #127
Members: 188,938
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Fifteen-year-old Megumi Shimizu dreamed of a glamorous life in the big city; however, her unexpected death in the quiet village of Sotoba marks the beginning of what appears to be a ferocious epidemic that turns the hot summer into a season of blood and terror. A young doctor named Toshio Ozaki begins to doubt the nature of the disease and comes to understand that to discover the truth, he must abandon his humanity. Meanwhile, Natsuno Yuuki, an antisocial youth from the city, is haunted by the sudden death of Megumi and must realize the pain of friendship in the face of his own tragedy. Toshio and Natsuno form an unlikely pair as they work together to save Sotoba before it transforms into a ghost town of vampires.

Shiki, adapted from the horror novel written by Fuyumi Ono, goes beyond the average vampire story. It tells the tragic tale of survival in a world where one cannot easily distinguish between good and evil. Abandoned by God, the Shiki, as the vampires call themselves, have only their will to live as they clash with the fear of the paranoid/unbelieving villagers. Shiki explores the boundary that separates man from monster.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Ozaki, Toshio
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Ookawa, Tooru
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Yuuki, Natsuno
Yuuki, Natsuno
Uchiyama, Kouki
Uchiyama, Kouki
Kirishiki, Sunako
Kirishiki, Sunako
Yuuki, Aoi
Yuuki, Aoi
Muroi, Seishin
Muroi, Seishin
Okitsu, Kazuyuki
Okitsu, Kazuyuki


Amino, Tetsuro
Amino, Tetsuro
Hata, Yoshito
Hata, Yoshito
Episode Director
Takagi, Noboru
Takagi, Noboru
Sugihara, Kenji
Sugihara, Kenji
Script, Series Composition

More episodes Episodes(8/22)

# Episode Title Aired
1 First Blood
Dai-ichi-wa (第遺血話)
Jul 9, 2010
2 Second Decay
Dai-futa-wa (第腐堕話)
Jul 16, 2010
3 Third Tragedy
Dai-san-wa (第惨話)
Jul 23, 2010
4 Fourth Death
Dai-shi-wa (第死話)
Jul 30, 2010
5 Fifth Deceit
Dai-itsu-wa (第偽話)
Aug 6, 2010

Opening Theme

#1: "Kuchizuke" (くちづけ) by Buck-Tick (eps 1-11)
#2: "Calendula Requiem" by kanon x kanon (eps 12-22)

Ending Theme

#1: "Walk no Yakusoku (walkの約束)" by nangi (eps 1-11)
#2: "Gekka Reijin (月下麗人)" by Buck-Tick (eps 12-22)

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Yesterday, 7:35 AM
The next time you invite someone to your house, do take care for THEY may be IT.
They don't come uninvited but if THEY do come, they come during the night and if you are done in then you'll become addicted to it so much that you won't be able to talk about it.
And one more thing DO NOT GOOGLE the word 'Shiki' before you watch the series because it will spoil the fun.

In the course of the series, i couldn't even guess why the serial deaths were happening nor could i even get a gist of it. Who would've thought that IT would be used read more
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Nov 21, 2015
Shiki easily became one of my all-time favorite anime. Why? Because of the story! I watched SHiki without having read anything about it at all. I have no prior knowledge to what it was about. So I dove in and watched, asking myself so many questions. What is this about? What's going on int hat village? At first I honestly though it was about zombie or something like that. Corpses rising from the grave. Then it became apparent.

Story: 10/10

I absolutely love the story and it's pace. It's enthralling. It's one of those stories that put you to think (well if you don't already know better), read more
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Jul 12, 2015
Shiki had such an awesome premise, however, from my perspective it fails to do that premise any justice. I will try my best to give a feel for the story, spoiler free of course. The story and artwork just weren't my cup of tea, but I understand some might enjoy this type of story / cast so I will attempt to avoid outright trolling.

I was very disappointed in the story for a lot of reasons. It progresses painfully slow, and the character development eventually drops just about everyone in the 'gray area' between good and bad. So basically by the time the climax comes read more
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Jul 23, 2015
While Shiki is definitely not the best thriller anime out there, I wouldn't go as far as saying it is a complete waste of time.

Despite the fact that the story is not really original (vampires and werewolves, yeah), it still manages to not be a copy/paste of others fictions (at least from the ones I know). The rule for people to "rise" (aka becoming a shiki) is actually a bit different from what you can usually see, and makes the plot more interesting.
Also, the characters are not that original either (or unforgivable), but they still manage to make the view more enjoyable. The read more
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Anime: Another
Both give a similar feeling: New guy arrives to a little village, and certain dark events start happening that are somehow related to a young mysterious girl. Slow and creepy atmosphere that makes you want to find out what´s going on. Brilliant ost and VA´s. Personally I enjoyed Shiki more, because it gives a deeper development to its characters and a more intricate plot. Still, Both are awesome animes that will keep you thrilled till the end, so if you enjoyed one, you will probably enjoy the other. 
reportRecommended by Akarioru
Anime: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Higurashi and Shiki are similar to each other in that both take place in small villages where mysterious deaths occur. Higurashi, however, contains slapstick comedic scenes to a degree, which is kept to a minimum in Shiki. 
reportRecommended by Cloud668
Anime: Tokyo Ghoul
Shiki is more of a mystery show while Tokyo Ghoul is more action orientated. Shiki focuses at many characters at once while Tokyo Ghoul mostly follows main character Kaneki Ken. However, the main theme is pretty much the same.

Both series deal with a conflict between humans and other being that are there to devour us. In Shiki vampires, in Tokyo Ghoul those are ghouls.

Both stories start from the perspective of humans being a victim and then eventually we get to see things from "enemies" perspective and then the main question comes:

Just who is the real monster here? 
reportRecommended by kitten320
Anime: Shinsekai yori
Both Shiki & Shinsekai yori are shows that can be described as a slow burn, never fully giving anything way and thus require a lot of patience. Your patience will in turn be rewarded, as both shows come to a thrilling conclusion.

Do not watch either if you lack patience. and an open mind. 
reportRecommended by Master10K
Anime: Elfen Lied
They both develop a similar theme: how forsaken creatures are seen by others. They also seem to criticise the narrow mentality of human beings and to show the darkest part of them. I think the original idea come from Mary Shelly's famous novel.
While Elfen Lied fails to be a good show and falls into a gore anime full of fanservice, Shiki remains thought-provoking and atmospheric, and, of course, surpasses the first one.
Also, the amount of gore is high in both, and the music is simply beautiful. 
reportRecommended by zBliss
Anime: Dance in the Vampire Bund
Both having FEARSOME vampires. Really, a lot of vampire stories are having soft vampire stories. Vampire Knight is awesome, but the vampires are lacking much things. Shiki and the Dance in the vampire Bund are both more like the myths. Both anime are having an dark aura and really get you into the anime. And in both anime the vampires are trying to take over the place. 
reportRecommended by xChanChan

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